UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • People, Power, Planet: The 2020 UU@UN Intergenerational Seminar

    There’s no question about it: The world as we knew it no longer exists. The upheaval to “normal life” caused by the coronavirus might also bring an upheaval to the structures that keep inequalities in place – but it’s not guaranteed. The pandemic has certainly drawn much wider...
    By Allison Hess | 5/20/2020
  • Let Their Voices Be Heard: The Legacy of the Marshall Islands and Islanders in the Nuclear Age

    More than any other people on this planet, the Marshall Islanders are survivors of the two greatest threats facing humanity: nuclear weapons and climate change. Their idyllic archipelago, a sapphire entity between Hawaii and Australia, is located 5,000 miles west of Los Angeles...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/2/2020
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Pastoral Message on Coronavirus from the U/U International Joint Working Group

    As this health crisis reaches all corners of our global family of faith, we in the International U/U Joint Working Group wish to offer our heartfelt prayers, thoughts, and blessings to you and your communities. Our diverse faith, strong and united offers us the reminder that we...
    By Sara Ascher, Roger Bertschausen, Alicia Forde | 3/25/2020
  • Get Excited for the UU-UNO’s 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    The 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on Climate Justice is almost here! Discussions and events surrounding climate justice will be held for three days. Here’s an overview of what to be excited about, from worship to workshops.
    By Alana Campbell | 2/19/2020
  • The Two Breaths of Our Earth

    Unitarian Universalist Association hosts "A Climate in Crisis: The Fight for Justice in a Warming World" on December 5, 2019 to inspire effective, collective climate action.
    By Sydney Boyer | 2/13/2020
  • Remembering the Past and Mending the Present: The Value of Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

    The United States has made little effort to improve their relationship with Native Americans compared to what other countries have done with indigenous populations. Starting in the 1600s Native American history has been riddled with mass genocide, residential schools, and...
    By Lindsey Mayer | 1/28/2020
  • Bouncers and Sleep Deprivation at COP 25

    When I arrived at my hotel in Madrid the lobby was abuzz with a crowd of young people from Asia and Romania who had arrived to join Friday’s march of half a million people to demand climate action. The most visible public voice was Greta Thunberg, the Swedish student who had...
    By Ahti Tolvanen | 1/24/2020
  • When War Was Declared Illegal: The Kellogg-Briand Pact

    Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro chose to begin their book, The Internationalists, with the following description of the historic event on August 27, 1928: “On that day, crowds gathered outside the Quai d’Orsay to watch the world leaders arrive at the Clock Room in the immense...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/7/2020
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Rohingya Flight Gives International Criminal Court Myanmar Crimes Jurisdiction

    The International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over crimes against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, according to a November 14 decision by its PreTrial Chamber. It said that although the Court could not take up these crimes while the Rohingya remained in Myanmar because the...
    By John Washburn | 12/19/2019
  • The Significance of a Treaty as it Applies to the New START Process

    If conflict is inevitable in human relations, so might be efforts to reconcile and reach a state of peace. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/10/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Universal, Indivisible, and Interdependent Human Rights

    With human rights under threat around the world, this Human Rights Day we all must be engaged to make sure that every person's human rights are respected and protected. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 71 years old today, lists the human rights that we must come...
    By Allison Hess, Bruce Knotts | 12/10/2019
  • The Other Existential Threat - and What to Do About It

    We know we are facing an existential crisis with the advance of climate change; and what about the other existential threat? Nuclear weapons. Unless we arrest climate change, it will fundamentally change our civilization in a matter of decades, maybe threaten life on this planet...
    By Jerald Ross | 11/26/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Social Unrest in Chile Persists: Reasons Behind COP25’s Relocation

    COP25 canceled in Chile amidst large scale protests. Ever increasing economic inequality sparked outcries of grievances that have been piling up for decades. The protests show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
    By TingXuan Su | 11/15/2019
    Filed in: UUA International
  • In Opposition to "Low-Yield" Nuclear Weapons

    In the centennial year, while the world was getting used to writing or typing the year beginning with a “2” instead of a “1,” countries of the world were introduced to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals encouraging the 193 member states to adopt a set of 8 goals...
    By Joanne Dufour | 11/13/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Ancient Diverse Wonders

    The First UU Asia Pacific Regional Conference has just finished. It ran from October 23-27, 2019 in Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP) and attended by about 75 participants, with the theme “Ancient...
    By Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo | 11/7/2019
  • The 2020 Generation Equality Forum: 25 Years After the Beijing Declaration

    Women's rights groups at the United Nations are gearing up for the landmark year of 2020. 2020 marks a special year for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). In May, the Generation Equality Forum will start in Mexico City, Mexico from May 7-8...
    By Lindsey Mayer | 11/5/2019
  • In Praise of the Non-Nuclear World

    There are many aspects to helping our planet disarm meaningfully. 108 countries are now part of treaties that have established nuclear free zones around the world. They are making a concerted effort to create a nuclear free planet and that alone needs to be applauded and the...
    By Joanne Dufour | 10/30/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Happy 74th Birthday, United Nations

    On the 74th birthday of the United Nations, we celebrate the UN's accomplishments while also recognizing the urgency of taking action to keep it strong as it comes under threat from the rise of authoritarianism & isolationism around the world.
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/24/2019
  • Why Did UUs Buy Stock in a Gun Company?

    I’m a member of the Preventing Gun Violence Task Force at the Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH). We recently bought shares in two companies that manufacture firearms. “What?!,” you may be asking. Usually activists shy away from investing in so-called “sin” stocks, looking...
    By Sally Connolly | 10/16/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Marching For Our Lives, Uplifting Love

    Young Adult Gun Violence Prevention Activist on Radical Kinship and Universal Love
    By Micaela Lattimer | 10/2/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Migrant Youth Informed Policy

    This summer I was the migration justice intern at the Unitarian Universalist UN Office. As I began my internship in June, the New York Times broke the story about migrant children being held in horrid, overcrowded, and unsanitary conditions at the U.S. border. Headline after...
    By Hana Mangat | 9/24/2019
  • Why I Protest

    Feel like the system is too big to change? Protest!
    By Bob Delastrada | 9/17/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Youth Strike to Halt Climate Change

    On August 28, 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor with the mission of bringing her message of climate justice to the United Nations. She was greeted by 17 sailboats, each representing a different Sustainable Development Goal.
    By Lindsey Mayer | 9/6/2019
  • A Look at the Issue of Cyber Security

    Much of the following text is taken from a blog post from the International Committee of the Red Cross: Human Cost of Cyber Operations—Key ICRC Takeaways from Discussion with Tech Experts. ICRC has encouraged readers to share this blog, and they invite feedback from readers. The...
    By International Committee of the Red Cross, Joanne Dufour | 7/10/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Appeal to Navy Personnel

    An appeal was recently distributed to navy personnel at Bangor Naval Base in Washington State, calling on navy personnel to "Refuse to engage in nuclear annihilation." This appeal is reprinted here with permission of the Ground Zero Center in Seattle, WA.
    By Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action | 6/26/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Highlights from a Disarmament Conference

    On April 14, 2019 the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ hosted a conference on Steps To A Nuclear Weapons-Free World.
    By Joanne Dufour | 6/12/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Youth Participant in UU-UNO Spring Seminar Values the Experience

    A youth participant from Canada speaks about their experience at the UU-UNO's 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, "Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World".
    By Canadian Unitarian Council/Conseil Unitarien du Canada (CUC) | 6/5/2019
  • A Time of Crisis OR Opportunity?

    It is often stated – incorrectly – that the Chinese character for “crisis” includes the symbols for both “danger” and “opportunity.” While that may not be literally correct, the character does mean “a pivotal moment when things happen or change.” The world is at such a juncture...
    By Jerald Ross | 5/29/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • A Bit of History on War and the License to Kill

    While disarming our planet in today’s world includes among other things the goal of eliminating the use of weapons of mass destruction in large- and small-scale combat situations we generally describe as war, one wonders when and how did the notion of “war” and a soldier’s “...
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/15/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • First General Assembly of the UU Church of the Philippines

    The recently concluded 64th Founding Anniversary and First General Assembly (formerly General Convention) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines was attended by almost 80 delegates from 23 congregations. Delegates officially adopted the UUCP’s new Constitution...
    By UU Church of the Philippines Inc., Negros Oriental, | 5/7/2019
  • Incorporating Intersectionality into Your Activism - Intergenerational Spring Seminar 2019

    “Why do we talk about privilege?” Ericka Hart, the keynote speaker for the 2019 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, asked the audience. ...
    By Alisha Zou, Yasarina Almanzar | 5/2/2019
  • A Hopeful Sign from the U.S. Department of State About Disarmament

    According to a press release from the United Nations Office in Geneva, Part I of the Conference on Disarmament held on March 26, 2019 had concluded with a proposal from the United States. Its “Create an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament” Initiative hopes to bring together as...
    By Joanne Dufour | 5/1/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Clean Energy Policies Lead to Empowered Women

    The renewed emphasis on climate change is the most encouraging trend in American politics. More Americans across the political landscape are realizing that the costs of inaction are too high. Awareness of a problem, of course, is good for little if it doesn’t lead to action. One...
    By Roy Meredith | 4/29/2019
  • In Opposition to Killer Robots

    Work to disarm our planet continues. Some good news of late reveals increasing support of the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons with the ratification by South Africa, the 22nd country to do so with the distinction of being the only country which gave up its program to develop...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/17/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • CSW63: Dismantling Gender Discrimination

    On Monday, March 11th, in a packed drawing room of the Manhattan Public Library, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office hosted its annual parallel event in collaboration with the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session. The event, “Combating Structural Gender...
    By Christopher Longo | 4/9/2019
  • Are Tech Workers on the Road to Disarming Our Planet?

    Recent news from companies like Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft has seen a segment of their work force protesting their companies’ connections with military policies in support of issues of major concern to those working for disarmament. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 4/3/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • We Can Save the Earth

    I suggest a new rule for any discussion we have about climate change. The rule is simple: from now on, every article we write on the subject for a broad audience must include some variation of the phrase “we can solve global warming”. It has the virtue of not only being true,...
    By Roy Meredith | 3/27/2019
  • Working Cooperatively Works

    It seems time for some more good news. In opening up the homepage from the International Atomic Energy Agency website, the lead article read: “EU and IAEA Review Progress and Agree on Priorities in Nuclear Cooperation at Annual Meeting.” There it was: an actual story of...
    By Joanne Dufour | 3/20/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • The INF and the Danger of a Renewed Nuclear Arms Race

    On Feb. 1, the Trump administration announced it will pull the U.S. out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF), thus undoing one of the pillars of global security and potentially plunging the world into a new nuclear arms race. The 1987 signing of this treaty by U...
    By Jerald Ross | 3/6/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Saving Democracy in Syria

    In northern Syria, an experiment in grassroots democracy is under threat from the Turkish military. The United States should not withdraw its military so quickly.
    By Roy Meredith | 3/1/2019
  • Racist Incident at NYU Silver School of Social Work

    Unitarian Universalists at the UN respond to a racist incident among students at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, urging UU action to dismantle structural racism and cultures of oppression.
    By Christopher Longo | 2/21/2019
  • Reviving A Sound Approach For Central America

    If you are old enough to have lived through it or have studied it, do you remember the Marshall Plan? Officially known as the European Recovery Program, the Marshall Plan was a 1948 American initiative to aid post-WWII Western Europe to rebuild their economies through economic...
    By Joanne Dufour | 2/20/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • The Wasteful and Dangerous Worldwide Nuclear Modernization Craze

    This article originally appeared as the Introduction to a Special issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Spotlight on nuclear modernization on January 7, 2019, and is republished here with permission. ...
    By John Mecklin | 2/6/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Renew Nuclear Arms Control, Don't Destroy It

    The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the enterprise of nuclear arms control are at risk, as Andrew Lichterman of Western States Legal Foundation and John Burroughs of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy explain in this opinion piece from January 2, 2019....
    By John Burroughs | 1/23/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Building a Just World Through Climate Action

    Swift action on climate change is a moral imperative, and an effective strategy requires listening to diverse voices. Although time is running out, activists of all stripes are finally making climate change a bipartisan cause in the US.
    By Roy Meredith | 1/10/2019
  • A Personal View on Disarmament

    The following was graciously submitted by Georgina Long, the Interfaith Coordinator for the Brahma Kumaris UK, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the World Parliament in Toronto, Canada in November. ...
    By Joanne Dufour | 1/7/2019
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • A New Year's Resolution Proposal: Put Disarmament on the Agenda for Immediate Attention

    The following blog is taken from a talk given by Guy Quinlan to the Harvard Club of New York City in September 2018 on the book by Daniel Ellsberg, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, and is reprinted with his kind permission. Please refer to this...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/26/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Report from COP 24 Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland

    The steps taken by politicians at the COP 24 climate change conference will fall far short of the commitments needed to save our planet as a livable habitat for generations to come. People of faith must take action to preserve the planet.
    By Bruce Knotts | 12/13/2018
  • A tribute to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No Nationalism, No Globalism, only Humanitarianism

    This blog is dedicated to the humanitarian workers of the world for their efforts to directly implement human rights values in working to disarm our planet. One such organization is the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, whose Executive VP reflects here on Tzu Chi's work at a Tijuana...
    By Joanne Dufour | 12/12/2018
    Filed in: Disarmament
  • Creating and Working Towards Justice on Human Rights Day

    This special anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an alert call to the world, reminding us that these human rights have been affirmed by all countries of the UN, but that listing them is not enough: They must also be fulfilled. We have a lot of work to do.
    By Allison Hess | 12/10/2018

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